When my husband's mother died, we decided to rent out the mobile home she lived in completely furnished for $200/month plus security. (back in the 80s). . It was a small one and only 2 small bedrooms so we advertised for 1-2 people only. We got a phone call from a minister who had a family that just moved here from TN and couldn't afford to pay a lot in rent. He vouched for them and said the congregation would help pay the rent until the man got a job. Problem was, this couple had FIVE young children. We said no but he persisted so we decided to give them a chance. I also went to friends to get them started with food and cleaning supplies. and the congregation gave them a car! I even took the mother to Welfare to apply for help with food and cash.
Well, after 2 months, no rent. Since it was getting into winter, we couldn't evict. We had to wait until spring. So, 6 months later, we tried again. Courts were tied up with a lot of eviction notices and we were at the bottom of the list. They refused to move. Minister couldn't help. Husband threatened to bring a back hoe to tip the trailer over. Although I was just as mad, I wouldn't let him do that. Still no response. So, husband took a final notice down and hung it on the screen door with a butcher knife since he forgot tape/nails. They were gone within a day.
Imagine the mess we had to clean up. Dirty diapers, feces and urine ruined the hardwood floors. Toilet stuffed full of diapers. and overflowed (they never called with any problems). The well house (where the water pump and bucket a day was)was filled to the ceiling with moldy food, diapers, etc Two tri-axle dump trucks later, the place was empty of the trash but we could never rent it out again. The minister got an earful from me. Too bad I didn't force him to come and see what he vouched for, but I wasn't that nasty back then.
So there's my long, drawn out true story. I still get mad when I think about that family and we never rented out the place again. So I can imagine what today's landlords have to go through with renters. It used to be that you cleaned out your place when you were leaving. Scrubbed everything down, washed the windows, and shampooed the rugs. There's a probably a lot of people that don't do that anymore and leave it to the landlord.